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T33 Weekly Blast: Feb 20

posted Feb 21, 2017, 1:13 PM by Sundeep Gupta

Feb 20 - 24: Winter break, no meetings

March 4: Snow Camping-Caving

March 18: Ano Nuevo state park

Scoutmaster Update

Chris Webb christopherawebb@comcast

I hope everybody had a wonderful three-day weekend in celebration of President’s Day!  For many of you, you may not see this message for a while as you are taking the week off for some kind of vacation or skiing.  Have a great time and be safe!

I want to share this link with you from the Los Altos Town Crier.  It gives a nice write up of the Eagle Court of Honor for the five Troop 33 Scouts on January 29th.  

Again, congratulations for Ryan Biesty, Noah Herman, Kai Jarmon, Anthony Mein and Matthew Mellea!

There is NO MEETING this week.

Snow Camping-Caving March 4-6.

Zoe Hu

Sign ups are open. Click here.

Informational briefing meetings on Feb 21 and 28.

Ano Nuevo Activity is Open for Sign-Ups!

Caroline Tice

If you like beautiful nature hikes and getting to look at cute baby animals, this is the activity for you!  On Saturday, March 18, we will be going to Ano Nuevo state park,  where the northern elephant seals come ashore every year to mate & give birth.  We will take a docent-guided walking tour of the breeding grounds to see the elephant seals (adult & baby) in their natural habitat.  This is a 2.5 hour walking tour over 3 miles of moderately strenuous terrain (sand, sloping terrain, etc).  It is a beautiful park and a unique opportunity to see these amazing animals.  

If you are interested in this activity, PLEASE sign up SOON.  SPACES ARE LIMITED!! We can only take about 20 scouts and 4-5 adults.  Don't wait too long and miss this wonderful opportunity! Sign up here.

Reminder: Philmont 2018 Interest Sign-Up is Open

  • Age limit (prior to participation)

    • Scouts must be at least 14 years of age OR

    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age AND completed 8th grade

    • See Philmont Crew Requirements, requirements cannot be relaxed.

  • Scouts must be First Class or higher by June 1, 2018 (Troop 33 requirement)

  • Must be in top physical condition 

    • Must meet Philmont health/medical requirements

    • Must be able to carry a 30-40lb backpack 5-14 miles a day for 12 days at 6,500'-12,441' over rugged terrain for a total of 50-75 miles

    • Must participate in a physical training program 

  • Must participate in 4 mandatory shakedown outings (1 day hike and 3 backpacking trips) 

  • Must attend all monthly planning meetings 

  • Must meet with Scoutmaster and be approved

NOTE: First-come, first-serve pending Scoutmaster approval.  $100.00 deposit required when signing up.

NOTE: Preference will be given to uniformed adults, the activity coordinator, committee members, and then other adults.

Sign up at this site:

Reminder: Sign-ups are open for Camp Oljato!

Details here

Dates 7/02/17 - 7/08/17

Cost $500 through March 31; $515 April 1 through June 10.

We have space for 50 Scouts and 6 adults.

Payment schedule.

Payments must be made by these dates to hold your spot. There are no refunds.

January 31, 2017 - deposit $100

March 31, 2017 - balance of camp fees $400 (early bird)

April 1 – June 10, 2017 - $415

Reminder: Calling all Future Troop Guides!

Scouts,  are you looking to boost your leadership skills and give back to the troop?

Have you been a Den Chief and would like to move up to the next level? Are you looking for a new Position of responsibility?

At the end of March the troop will be getting a bumper crop of first year scouts joining the troop.

Mr. Rutner, Mr. Poppitz and Mr. Stanley need  to find new troop guides for the incoming firsties in 2017.

If you are up for the challenge, contact any of the first year ASM’s

Mr. Tom Poppitz, Mr. Stanley,  Mr. Rutner Ross Rutner

You can also come speak with us during any meeting.

Reminder: Attention Star Scouts needing EDGE training!

For Star scouts who want to work on their EDGE training, we have a couple of opportunities coming up.  If you are interested, please send me an email and I will place your name on a list.  As spots open up, I will fill those spots with the scouts on the list.

Two opportunities coming up involve navigation (Second class requirement 3a and 3d).  If you are interested in training scouts in these requirements, please send an email to:

The dates are being finalized but should be in mid-January and March.

Jun Kim


For questions on an activity or event, contact the activity owner listed. As an activity owner to have your items included in the T33 Weekly blast, please submit them to Sundeep Gupta by 5 pm Sunday for the following week’s edition.